Should I sift the flour before I measure it or measure then sift?

Dorie Greenspan Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
lemon zest from two lemons
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake tins by using liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray

To Make The Cake:
1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Jen Morrison
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Amanda H. July 9, 2011
You should measure, then sift. But if your flour has been sitting in the bag/container for a while, it's always a good idea to mix it up a little with a spoon before measuring, and to spoon it into your measuring cup rather than scooping it with the measuring cup. Here's a video how-to:
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